Tablets with gigantic screens are definitely becoming a thing. Or at least that’s what some electronics manufacturers would have us believe anyways, seeing as more companies are joining the extra-large tablet bandwagon, after Samsung pioneered the segment late last year with the Galaxy View tablet that comes with an 18.4-inch display panel. Following in the footsteps of the South Korean consumer electronics giant, TCL-owned French brand Alcatel OneTouch showed off its extra-large ‘Xess’ (pronounced ‘excess’) tablet at the IFA trade show in Berlin last year. While the device is far from being ready to hit store shelves around the world just as yet, the company behind the gadget seems to be pulling out all stops to spread the word and gain more coverage about its upcoming release.
With a view towards making that happen, the Chinese electronics company has now announced at the CES 2016 trade show in Las Vegas that three Amazon apps – Amazon Shopping, Amazon Music and Kindle – will come preloaded on the aforementioned tablet, as and when it is launched in the open market. According to the General Manager of Alcatel OneTouch’s BigPad business, Dr. Stan Hu, “We are thrilled to offer consumers the benefit of Amazon applications preloaded on Xess. With a large screen format, and now with Amazon apps, Xess offers consumers an even greater user experiences in the home.” While Alcatel is yet to give an ETA for the commercial launch of the tablet, the company helpfully mentioned that it is expected to happen at some stage later this year.
Not unexpectedly, and very much like the aforementioned Galaxy View, Alcatel is positioning the Xess as a media-consumption device. In its latest press release, the company harps on the portability factor of the tablet by comparing it to a laptop computer, and says that the device will come with a built-in stand that will help users in positioning the device in multiple ways so as to aid visibility and productivity. The tablet of course, comes with a 17.3-inch 1080p display and is powered by MediaTek’s MT8783T chipset that comes with an octa-core CPU clocked at a maximum of 1.5 GHz. The device includes 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of expandable internal storage and comes with dual 3-watt speakers from JBL. The Alcatel OneTouch Xess runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and is powered by a 10,000 mAh non-removable battery.